PEN/Dau Prize Winners

Each year a panel of professional judges appointed by the PEN America Foundation selects 12 emerging writers for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Nominations for this Award are submitted by the editorial boards of the journals in which the authors published their debut short story.  Stories must be published in the year they are considered and may only be nominated by the editors of the journal in which they were originally published.

Many of these writers since have published additional stories and several are in the process of publishing their first novels. The Foundation is thrilled to support these authors and encourages you to scroll below to see what they are doing now. If you are interested in purchasing the most recent Best Debut Short Stories click here.

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Year
Name
Title
Publishing Journal
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Cooney
,
Ani Sison
Title
Evangelina Concepcion"
Publishing Journal
Epiphany
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Haimbe
,
Mbozi
Title
Madam's Sister
Publishing Journal
Granta
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Hegarty
,
Valerie
Title
Cats v. Cancer
Publishing Journal
New England Review
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Lawrence
,
David Kelly
Title
The Other Child
Publishing Journal
The Threepenny Review
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Manohar
,
Mohit
Title
Summertime
Publishing Journal
Michigan Quarterly Review
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Martinez
,
Damitri
Title
Bat Outta Hell
Publishing Journal
Foglifter Journal
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Moon
,
Sena
Title
Dog Dreams
Publishing Journal
Quarterly West
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Richards
,
Willa
Title
Failure to Thrive
Publishing Journal
The Paris Review
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Sanders
,
Shannon
Title
The Good, Good Men
Publishing Journal
Puerto del Sol, Black Voices Series
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Surya
,
Kristen Sahaana
Title
Gauri Kalyanam
Publishing Journal
The Rumpus
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Tsumura
,
Kikuko
Title
The Water Tower and the Turtle
Publishing Journal
Granta
Additional Info
Year
2020
Name
Vegari
,
Matthew Jeffrey
Title
Don't Go to Strangers
Publishing Journal
Zyzzyva
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Beyer
,
Tamiko
Title
Last Days 1
Publishing Journal
Black Warrior Review
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Curry
,
Sarah
Title
The Rickies
Publishing Journal
Nimrod International Journal
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Freudig
,
Laura
Title
Mother and Child
Publishing Journal
The Sun
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Henderson
,
Doug
Title
The Manga Artist
Publishing Journal
The Iowa Review
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Ibegwam
,
Enyeribe
Title
Good Hope
Publishing Journal
Auburn Avenue
Year
2019
Name
Infante
,
JP
Title
Without a Big One
Publishing Journal
Kweli Journal
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Jones
,
Jade
Title
Today, You're a Black Revolutionary
Publishing Journal
The Rumpus
Year
2019
Name
Lan
,
Pingmei
Title
Cicadas and the Dead Chairman
Publishing Journal
Epiphany
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Manolakas
,
Marilyn
Title
Tornado Season
Publishing Journal
Alaska Quarterly Review
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Peterson
,
Kelsey
Title
The Unsent Letters of Blaise and Jacqueline Pascal
Publishing Journal
Conjunctions
Year
2019
Name
Singer
,
Erin
Title
Bad Northern Women
Publishing Journal
Conjunctions
Additional Info
Year
2019
Name
Young
,
A. B.
Title
Vain Beasts
Publishing Journal
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
Agbo
,
Elinam
Title
1983
Publishing Journal
The Baltimore Review
Year
2018
Name
Friedlander
,
Lauren
Title
Bellevonia Beautee
Publishing Journal
The Rumpus
Year
2018
Name
King
,
Lin
Title
Appetite
Publishing Journal
Slice
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
McCutchen
,
Drew
Title
Zombie Horror
Publishing Journal
The Baltimore Review
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
Morley
,
Grayson
Title
Brent, Bandit King
Publishing Journal
The Brooklyn Review
Year
2018
Name
Streep
,
Maud
Title
The Crazies
Publishing Journal
One Story
Year
2018
Name
Terrell
,
Alex
Title
Black Dog
Publishing Journal
Black Warrior Review
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
Tomasula y Garcia
,
Ava
Title
Videoteca Fin Del Mundo
Publishing Journal
Black Warrior Review
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
Tucker
,
Megan
Title
Candidates
Publishing Journal
Washington Square Review
Additional Info
Year
2018
Name
Wang
,
Ernie
Title
Stay Brave, My Hercules
Publishing Journal
McSweeney's
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Ajayi
,
Angela
Title
Galina
Publishing Journal
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Caron
,
Amber
Title
The Handler
Publishing Journal
Southwest Review
Year
2017
Name
Chow Reeve
,
Laura
Title
1,000-Year-Old Ghosts
Publishing Journal
Hyphen
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Clare Knights
,
Samuel
Title
The Manual Alphabet
Publishing Journal
Fence
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Cole
,
Jim
Title
The Asphodel Meadow
Publishing Journal
The Summerset Review
Year
2017
Name
Kim
,
Crystal Hana
Title
Solee
Publishing Journal
The Southern Review
Year
2017
Name
Magyarody
,
Katherine
Title
Goldhawk
Publishing Journal
The Malahat Review
Year
2017
Name
Oluseyi
,
Grace
Title
A Modern Marriage
Publishing Journal
Boston Review
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Sauber
,
Amy
Title
State Facts for the New Age
Publishing Journal
The Rumpus
Year
2017
Name
Serven
,
Ruth
Title
A Message
Publishing Journal
Epiphany
Additional Info
Year
2017
Name
Shattuck
,
Ben
Title
Edwin Chase of Nantucket
Publishing Journal
Harvard Review
Additional Info